Blake Speers selected with Devils 67th pick

The Devils selected center Blake Speers with their 67th overall pick in the third round of the 2015 draft (Devils, 11:20 a.m.).

Speers finished his 2014-15 season with Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL with 24-43-67 in 57 games.

The forward from Ontario stands at 5-11, 181 pounds.


Shero looking for youthful speed in Palmieri

The Devils traded their 41st pick (second round) in this year’s draft and their third round pick in 2016 to the ducks in exchange for 24-year-old winger Kyle Palmeri (Fire and Ice, June 27).

And Devils GM Ray Shero is hoping that Palmieri’s age and speed will be a helpful addition to his squad.

“He’s at the right age, No. 1,” Shero said. “He’s an NHL player. He plays with speed. He’s a strong kid. He can really shoot the puck. It’s hard to find players like that. Anaheim’s got a lot of depth up front, especially on the right side and some other kids coming. So, we’re, hopefully, taking advantage of that and, hopefully, it’s going to be good for both teams – Anaheim getting a draft pick and us getting a player that’s going to play for us next year.”

Although, while Palmieri played in the Ducks’ top two lines at times, Shero wasn’t quick to assume that he’ll be a top six forward right away with his new team

“I don’t really like to label guys,” Shero said when asked if Palmieri is a top six forward. “Guys play up and down the lineup. I think it’s more of the style of play we’re looking for and it will make us a better team all around, a deeper team all around playing the right way at the right age. That extra pick Lou (Lamoriello) had gotten in the (Jagr) trade really came in handy. That was real beneficial for us.”


Devils take MacKenzie Blackwood 42nd overall

The Devils selected goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood with their 42nd overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NHL entry draft (Devils, 10:46 a.m.).

Blackwood was the top-ranked North American goalie available.

Standing at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, the 18-year-old went 33-14-2 for the Barrie Colts in the OHL during the 2014-15 season.


Devils trade 36th overall pick to Ottawa

In the second round of the 2015 NHL entry draft, the Devils traded their 36th overall pick to the Ottawa Senators (Devils, 10:22 a.m.).

In return they’ll pick up the 42nd overall pick and choose between the 109th pick in 2015 or the Senators’ third round selections on 2016.

Ottawa drafted Gabriel Gagne with the 36th overall pick following the trade.


Kyle Palmieri deal finalized

Kyle Palmieri is a New Jersey Devil, after a deal set in motion Friday night with the Anaheim Ducks was finalized Saturday morning (Devils, 9:13 a.m.)

The deal brings Palmieri to New Jersey in exchange for the Devils 41st overall pick in this year’s entry draft, as well as New Jersey’s option of Florida or Minnesota’s (acquired by Florida) third-round selection in the 2016 draft.

While the deal was announced Friday, it took some time to contact the right winger, which caused the hold up on making the transaction official (, June 27).

May 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) battles for the puck with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) in the second period in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Devils acquire Kyle Palmieri

The Devils acquired Kyle Palmieri in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks Friday night (June 26, 10:21 p.m.).

New Jersey traded the 41st pick in the 2015 Draft and a 2016 third-round pick to acquire the 24-year-old forward.

Palmieri totaled 14 goals and 15 assists in 57 games for the Ducks last season, playing in each of Anaheim’s 16 postseason games.